Once again there was various events over last weekend and WLCC was well represented in numerous events.
The Saddleup4eplisey took place on Saturday from Castlebar via Tubbercurry and back to Castlebar, there was two routes 70km and 128Km and both routes were well represented by former pros and wannabe pros.
Back to Winning Ways
Tom Hughes and Oillie Kelly in Hollywheelers colours in the leading group with new Carbon Orbea
Mr Gibbons and Co drove the pace in the second group which was probably faster than the long group. There was a great set up in the hall with soup sandwiches, and all sort of information.
The cycleway Cup was held around the roads of Naven and was well attended by the WLCC racers.
Sean o Malley A1 105km
Cathal Usher A3 71km
John Gill A3 71km
Janis Blinovs A3 71km
Trish Harte Ladies 71km
2 laps circuit for ladies and A3’s, 3 laps for A1’s
A3 race had big field (100+) no break stayed away, Cathal went up the road a few times with no success. All 3 finished in top half of the bunch. Big crash with 200m to go all WLCC stayed up. Young fella from Omagh won the sprint.
A1 high profile field a break of 8-10 got away in first 10km Sean worked hard in chasing group but never pulled them back. Was be all accounts a very hard and fast race, Sean finished safely in the chasing bunch. Damien Shaw won.
The ladies had 12 starting again had some top quality experienced racers from the east. Started hard and fast got split up on the first climb, Trish ended up with 2 other ladies chasing for the remainder and finished well.
Some Pics form the event, I could not find SOM maybe he was up the road. Well done to all who attended.
Please see link Stage 2a Result
photos on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claremorris-Crit-Ballinrobe-2day-Cycle-races/379836742186296
Remember stage 2b starts at 12.45pm sharp.
Time trial start 8.30am outside Kilmaine Gaa pitch, first off based on number order i.e rider wearing the number 1 goes first. See list attached.
RETURN OF OLD ROUTE FAVOURITES
BALLINROBE 2-DAY 2015
A decade since the inaugural Ballinrobe 2-Day, Western Lakes C.C. have set out to attract the best possible field of riders for 2015 with riders from all over Ireland and abroad taking part. Bike racing action kicks off on Saturday 8th August with a strong man’s stage over rolling hills, concluding on Sunday 9th with two stages a morning TT following by afternoon road race.
All Ireland National Criterium Championships
Western Lakes are also organising one hell of a curtain raiser in Claremorris on Friday 7th August in the form of the National Criterium Championships. An ambitions weekend of events for a small West of Ireland club. Annually striving to cater for as large a cross section of cyclists as possible from A3 to A+ including Ladies, Juniors and Vets while providing an interesting and competitive race the promoting club and the event Directors have decided a revision of the stage parcours was needed for 2015.This coupled with feedback from last years race participants and those who may have shied away from the event sees the return of some old route favourites this year. The organisers feel such an approach is important for the progress and evolution of the event and road racing in the West.
There will be mass starts for the two road stages again this year
Stage 1 leaving the Cycling Centre at 3:00PM on Saturday 8th should be a little more relaxed this year as directors have swapped the Category 1 ascent of Lally’s Mountain for a flat section with the first ramp not arriving until just over 40KM in with an uncategorised ramp at Maire Luke’s Pub. The race will then head for the first climb a Category 3 at Capnacreacha 45KM in where the ‘mountain goats’ will get a chance to flex their legs. Good racing from an aggressive bunch may not allow them to have it all their own way here as its only 1 kilometre in length and very gradual Capnacreacha should not be a decisive climb. Nor is the next one of the Cat 2 at Maamtrasna however the Category 1 climb of Ail Dubh may see a decisive move go away and stick to the end.
To the relief of the ‘the powerhouses’ Stage 2A sees the return of the TT from the GAA grounds in Kilmaine finishing at the Cycling Centre, Ballinrobe just 7.4K later . A race of truth but is it really compared to last year leg burner up Lally’s mountain? This stage may shake thinks up a little but will hopefully keep a large proportion of the field well in the mix and fighting tooth and nail throughout Stage 2B. The latest aerodynamic equipment will be on show for this stage. Although one or two from the host club have been know to set some very impressive times using road bikes on the course occasionally beating those with the full TT kit.
Stage 2B in the afternoon may not be just a formality. With the previous days climbing and the morning’s tester in the legs this stage will see who has made the most of their recovery. The stage is the same as that used in 2014 apart from the finish being on the Kilmaine Road instead of the town centre. The first 50KM will see riders tackle some undulating terrain encompassing Clonbur, Cloughbrack, Corrnamona and the outskirts of Cong. Following the previous days route the two climbs on this stage will be mere pimples! After 50KM the race returns to a flat circuit format for the finale. Riders will pass through the finish line three times before the finish with Primes to be had on some of the laps.
The race has all the frills with jerseys, Yellow (Overall) Green (Sprints) and Polkadot (Mountains) plus 4 perpetual trophies and cups for stage and overall winners. A2 and A3 leader’s jerseys along with prizes for the Most Aggressive Rider each day should keep the racing interesting and lively on the road throughout the weekend.
Race for A4 riders
The Ballinrobe GP on Sunday 10th will cater for A4 riders. The route will follow Stage 2B of the main race and will finish the first time the riders see the finish banner in Ballinrobe after 60KM.
Ballinrobe 2 day Stage details
SIGN UP HERE ONLINE ENTRY (Only available) https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/portal/EventsBooking.aspx?EventId=158305
STAGE 1: Saturday 8th August @ 3:00PM
STAGE 2A (Flat Time Trial): Sunday 9th August – First rider off @ 8:30AM
STAGE 2B: Sunday 9th August @ 1:00PM
BALLINROBE GP (A4 ONLY)
Sunday 9th August @ 1:15PM
60KM following same route as Stage 2B of Ballinrobe 2 Day but without laps. Finishing on first passing of the start/finish line
Entry on the day ONLY
Claremorris to host first every National cycling Championship event.
On the evening of Friday August 7th Claremorris town centre will host the National Criterium championships the following two days the racing action will be based in Ballinrobe on August 8th and 9th.
The cycling scene in the West of Ireland will truly be awake this August when the National Criterium Championship returns West for the first time since Westport in 2006. After staging a very successful Crit on the streets of Claremorris for the last 2 years, Western Lakes have been rewarded with the staging of the 2015 National Crit Championship. To really make this a weekend to remember the host club has paired this event to their annual marque race “The Ballinrobe 2day”.
Starting on the 7th of August the elite riders of Ireland will get a chance to test their bike handling skills on the tight fast circuit on the Claremorris streets. This tricky 1.1km lap, where Jason Pendergast won in convincing style for Fit Science last year, will prove a to testing course for the like’s of Peter Hawkins to defend his title which he won in Mondello Park from Damien Shaw.
On the Saturday the riders will take to the roads for the 11th edition of the “Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2day”. This difficult 3-stage race which takes place on the mountainous roads on the Mayo/Galway border finishing in Ballinrobe, has a long history of attracting the best riders in Ireland. Past winners of this race include Morgan Fox, David O’Loughlin and in the 2014 version Paudi O’Brien prevailed against Damien Shaw on a difficult course.
On Friday the 6th of February the Rose of Tralee was on hand to launch the Crit in Claremorris a Mayo woman herself from Shrule she has a strong sporting backround and follows the cycling scene.
Also in attendance were local riders who need will no introductionwas Paddy Clarke Fit Science Ballina and Western Lakes CC strong man Sean O Malley both are expected to help highlight what should be a weekend that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Paidi O Brien Kanturk may not have raced at the Ballinrobe 2 day before but he certainly left his mark in 2014. Damien Shaw in 2010 took the Yellow jersey and points but Paidi went one better, taking all 3 jerseys and a stage win plus bringing home 3 perpetual trophies the Eileen Marrey memorial trophy for overall, the Kieran Mc Mahon cup for the points sprints jersey and the Martin Munroe Memorial cup for Stage 1 victory, some haul for the Kanturk man.
Damien Shaw Aquablue led after he 4.7k hill climb something he probably he didn't want as he didn't have the support of the usually strong Aquablue outfit with manager Timmy Barry at the helm. Eoin Morton UCD lying 2nd overall going into the last stage did the unthinkable by attacking from the gun, he held a lead of up to 45 secs at one stage with Tony Bourke Galway Bay for company.
On the first climb of the day at 20k Shaw lead the chase hauling in Morton before Paidi scooped the points, shortly after Paidi and Paddy Clarke attached the bunch bringing Anthony Walsh UCD, Sean Mc Kenna Fixx Roulers, and O Brien's teamate Cashman of Osbourne Meats with them. For Miles it looked like Shaw was playing the waiting game before he pounced but with Morton the every Loyal teammate tracking the Aqublue man the break of 5 looked like the winning move.
After 101kms indeed it was with Anthony Walsh UCD who took a fine victory and the Garhill cup from Paidi O Brien Ashbourne Meats, 2nd Sean Mc Kenna Fixx Roulers 3rd. Paddy Clarke Fit Science Ballina put in a stomping ride as he moved on to the podium for 3rd overall finishing 4th on the stage. There was some great racing in the A2 and A3 category and it goes to prove that if you don't put yourself out there you will never win, Daire Freely continued his great season winning the A3 jersey with Keith Finn Lakeside wheelers Mullingar taking home the A2 jersey.
Western Lakes CC would like to thank all the people that helped out, Order of Malta, Gardai, Lake district and all the people that gave up their time to marshal and drive. Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe were the main Sponsor of the weekend's racing and Inch's bar Provided the BBQ for all the participants and their helpers. Champions systems UK sponsored the jerseys.
Full results attached Ballinrobe 2 Day Stage 2B 2014
Damien Shaw leads Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2 day after the 4.7k hill climb where he narrowly beat Eoin Morton UCD by 1.3 seconds, Paidi O Brien Osbourne meats was third at 12 seconds.
Follow Stage times here with GC. Ballinrobe 2 Day Stage 2a Hill climb results
After 103 grueling kilometers and 8 climbs first timer to the Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2day The pocket rocket Padi O Brien Osbourne Meats Cork made sure his name will be on The Martin Munroe perceptual cup with a perfectly timed sprint, beating the form man of 2014 Damien Shaw Aquablue with UCD's Eoin Morton continuing to show great form with 3rd and Sean Mc Kenna Fixx Roulers a teammate of Morton's but riding on a different team this weekend. This quartet had over 2 minutes to spare on the bunch lead in by local man Kieran Heneghan Tuam Team Sports & Exercise Engineering for 5th place.
Stage 2a is a 4.7k hill climb up Lally's mountain from Tourmakeady.
The race finishes on a undulating 101k route that passes through Ballinrobe town centre 4 times Sunday afternoon.
GC click link Ballinrobe 2 Day Stage 1 results 2014
Start list for hill climb Stage 2 START LIST
Photos of todays stage. will on our FB page
Download here Race Manual 2014
Remember sign on is at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine rd, Ballinrobe from 12- to 2pm Saturday the 9th of August.
Sunday: First rider of at 8.30am (Race number order) at O Toole pub Tourmakeady.
Stage 2b: Sign on from 11.45am. Jersey presentation at 12.45.